Court Hears Felon Voting Case; Fatal Crash In Hines Township; First Ocean Ship In Duluth Harbor

>>Minnesota Supreme Court To Hear Felon Voting Case Arguments Today

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Supreme Court is hearing arguments today connected to a lawsuit concerning voting rights for 55-thousand felons.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is urging the state high court to preserve voting rights for people who already have voted in primaries and elections for close to a year.  Meanwhile, another group is asking the court to rule that a law passed last year that restores felon’s rights to vote when they leave prison is unconstitutional.  Governor Tim Walz signed the legislation in March 2023. (24/7 News Source)

>>One Dead After Crash In Beltrami County

(Hines Township, MN)    A man is dead after a weekend crash in Beltrami County.  Investigators say a Chrysler 300 drove off the side of Highway 72 in Hines Township and crashed in the right hand ditch just before 2 a.m. Saturday.  The 37-year-old man driving the car died in the crash, but the identity of the man has yet to be officially released.  The cause of the crash is under investigation, and the Minnesota State Patrol did not specify if alcohol was a factor in the crash. (24/7 News Source)

>>Heritage Council Recommends Invasive Carp Barrier On Mississippi River

(Winona, MN)    A state council is supporting a project to block invasive carp from moving north on the Mississippi River.  The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council voted last week to use 12-million dollars from the Outdoor Heritage Fund to build the barrier.  It would be located on the river at Lock and Dam Number Five north of Winona.  Details of the project are still being finalized, and the funding to build the barrier still must be approved by the state legislature. (24/7 News Source)

>>Delta Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing At MSP

(Minneapolis, MN)    A Delta Airlines flight landed safely at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday after reporting a crack in an exterior windshield.  The airline said the crew of Flight 1736 from Denver to Minneapolis descended to a lower altitude as a precaution after the crack was found.  The plane landed safely about 13 minutes ahead of schedule.  No injuries were reported. (24/7 News Source)

>>Duluth Mayor Refusing To Comment On Cargill Controversy

(Duluth, MN)    Duluth’s mayor is trying to reduce the heat on the controversy that flared last week over published comments made by billionaire Kathy Cargill.  Cargill was apparently offended by questions about what she planned to do with homes and land she purchased at Park Point, telling the Wall Street Journal that the mayor “peed in his Cheerios” by seeking clarification. Mayor Reinert has refused to react to Cargill’s comments, but did tell the Duluth News Tribune on Friday that he will oppose any effort to stop public access to Park Point beaches.  He also praised the recent Cheerio Challenge cereal food drive, saying it was “classic Duluth” to take a negative and turn it into a public good. (24/7 News Source)

>>First Ship Contest In Duluth Could Determine Winner Today

(Duluth, MN)    The first ocean-going vessel of 2024 could enter port in Duluth today.  A spokesperson for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority says the Barbro G is scheduled to enter the port this afternoon.  The vessel plans to load a cargo of durum wheat before heading to Algeria.  The Federal Dart was the first ship to enter the Port of Duluth-Superior last year, entering the harbor under the Aerial Lift Bridge on March 28th. (24/7 News Source)

>>MN DPS To Begin Distracted Driving Enforcement Effort

(St. Paul, MN)    State and local law enforcement will start a month-long effort to crack down on distracted driving today.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is leading the effort.  Distracted driving is blamed for 730 serious injuries and nearly 150 deaths in Minnesota between 2019 and 2023.  The campaign will include extra personnel to help give citations and warnings to distracted drivers throughout the month of April. (24/7 News Source)

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